2018 Conference Schedule

First Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Conference

“Being Fully Human in the 21st Century”


Conference Schedule


February 9

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Humanistic Approaches to Working with Individuals from Oppressed & Marginalized Groups

Nathaniel Granger, Jr., Louis Hoffman, Beit Gorski, Francis J. Kaklauskas, Lisa Vallejos, H. Luis Vargas, & Ian Wickramasekera

6 CEs

Location (Note: The preconference workshop (Friday) and conference (Saturday) will be at different Naropa University Campuses):

Friday – Preconference
Nalanda Campus, Naropa University
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO
Room 9235 (Upstairs)

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:30 Morning Session
12:30-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-5:30 Afternoon Session

February 10 (Conference)

Location: (Note: The preconference workshop (Friday) and conference (Saturday) will be at different Naropa University Campuses):
Saturday – Conference
Paramita Campus, Naropa University
3285 30th Street (Between Gleenwood & Iris)
Boulder, CO

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks

Reconsidering Humanistic Psychology for the 21st Century

(Presidential Address)—Louis Hoffman, PhD (Watch on YouTube)

Indigenous Wisdom, Contemplative Perspectives, and Neuroscience as ways of Attracting and Empowering New and Diverse People into Humanistic Psychology

(President-Elect Address)—Ian Wickramasekera

2 CEs

11:00-12:00 Breakout Session 1:

Intentionally Inclusive Practices: Creating Safe Spaces for Minority Clients

Lisa Vallejos, PhD

1 CE

Breakout Session 2:

The Mystical, PanCultural & Transhuman Self of the 21st Century: An Ecstatic Drumming Journey for NonShamans

Denise Curtis, MA, NBCC

12:00-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:30 Breakout Session 1:

Fluid: Spiritual and Clinical Considerations Working with Sexually Fluid Persons

Jason Hays, PhD

1 CE

Breakout Session 2:

Mitigation of Social Cooperative Emotional States on Well-Being: The Intersection of Embarrassment, Guilt, Shame, and Wellness

Jason Rose, LPC, LAC, & Andrea McGrath, LPC, LAC

2:30-3:30 Breakout Session 1:

Working with Sexual Issues in Therapy from an Existential-Humanistic Framework

Louis Hoffman, PhD, & Melissa Racho, PhD

1 CE

Breakout Session 2:

Being Fully Human Through Appropriate Use of Humor in Counseling

Claire Critchlow, EdS, LPC, NCC, Connie Couch, MEd, LPC, & Allie Hauck, MA, LPCC

3:30-4:30 Breakout Session 1:

Eroticism in Group

Jenna Noah, MA, PhD (Cand.), LPCc

Breakout Session 2:

Suicide in the 21st Century: Results from a Study on Adolescent’s Opinion on Suicide

Matt Thelen, PsyD

1 CE

4:30-5:30 Breakout Session 1:

21st Century Vistas in Therapeutic Healing & Consciousness Expansion through Psychedelics

Carla Clements, PhD

Breakout Session 2:

6 Years to Make This Pot: Working with Life Threatening Illness Through Art-Based Contemplative Inquiry

Michael A. Franklin, PhD

1 CE

5:30-7:00 Supper Break

Awards Ceremony followed by Poster Session and Social

Award: Emory G. Cowan, Jr. and Susan Cooper Lifetime Service Award presented to Emory G. Cowan, Jr. and Susan Cooper

Awards Presentation
On Growing Old
Emory G. Cowan, Jr., PhD

Awards Presentation
Finding Hidden Treasure: An Existential Perspective on Eating Disorder Recovery
Susan Cooper, PhD

Poster Session:

Viewing Life Through Death: How a Generation Copes with Mortality Salience Using Fatalistic Humor
Mariah Edwards

Finding the Good in Death:  New Directions in Terror Management Theory and Mortality Awareness Research
Brian A. Canning

Book Giveaway 
Sponsored by University Professors Press
** Participants will be offered one ticket at each conference event they attend. At the social, Univeristy Professors Press will have a drawing giving away over $100 worth of free books. Must be in attendance to win. University Professors Press is a publisher specializing in publishing humanistic, existential, and transpersonal psychology books.